Classic Elite Yarns



Issue 321 – Wynter Cowl Recipe

Quick to complete in Wynter (shown) or Blackthorn, this cowl is customizable to your chosen width and circumference, which results in a cowl that fits just as you like. We've already done the math for you, just pick your measurements and use our recipe to find out how much yarn you'll need and how many stitches to cast on.

Susan Mills

(file size: 752 KB; published December 10, 2013)

The Yarn

50% Superfine Alpaca • 50% Wool

Wynter is a super soft alpaca and wool blend. The superfine alpaca makes garments soft and warm while the wool gives it strength. This yarn is perfect for a big chunky sweater that knits up quickly, a throw that anyone would want to snuggle under or accessories to keep you toasty. All designs in Wynter can also be knit in MountainTop Blackthorn, Wynter's undyed counterpart.

Exploring Fair Isle

Fair Isle is enjoying a resurgence this season, from ready-to-wear displays in store windows to pop culture on popular TV shows and movies. If you haven't noticed already, I bet you will now. Right on time with the trend, our newest book Cathedral is a meditation on colorwork.

If you find color work intimidating because of the endless color-pairing possibilities, it can be helpful to start simple. Faith (top row) uses just two colors of either Wynter, Blackthorn or a combination of the two. We've shown the pullover in two color combinations, with a dark body and light contrast at the yoke and also the inverse. To make sure your color combination will pop, choose a light and a dark color too.

The Saint Stephen pattern (bottom row) is for two hats, each knit in four different colors of Fresco. If the idea of Fair Isle swatching to pick colors makes you squeamish, make the striped tam to ensure you like your color choices, then move on to the Fair Isle tam. Four hanks of Fresco is enough to make two of each hat, giving you plenty of opportunity to practice.

Our free eBooks have been a big hit! Everyone who purchases Cathedral from a LYS can use the download code (found on the last page of the book) to download a free digital copy of the book that can be added to her Ravelry library, saved on any portable device with a PDF reader, or simply saved for later. The Cathedral eBook and individual patterns are also available instantly online.

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